Man con­victed of open­ing fire on state troop­ers, in­jur­ing 1

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OBITUARIES -

EAS­TON, PA. » A 22-year-old man was con­victed of at­tempted mur­der Fri­day for open­ing fire on two state troop­ers dur­ing a traf­fic stop last fall, crit­i­cally wound­ing one of them.

Daniel Clary shot 13year vet­eran Cpl. Seth Kelly, who was help­ing an­other trooper ar­rest Clary along the road­side in Northamp­ton County. Clary had been pulled over for speed­ing and failed field so­bri­ety tests.

De­spite be­ing hit with a stun gun, Clary man­aged to break free, re­trieve a semi­au­to­matic pis­tol from his car and open fire on Kelly and Trooper Ryan Seiple, au­thor­i­ties have said. Both troop­ers re­turned fire, hit­ting Clary sev­eral times. Clary then fled, driv­ing him­self to a hospi­tal, where he was taken into cus­tody.

The jury in Eas­ton found Clary guilty on nine of the 10 charges he faced, after less than two hours of de­lib­er­a­tions.

“It was a very emo­tional day. Jus­tice was served,” Kelly said as he left court with his wife, ac­cord­ing to The Morn­ing Call. “I just want to thank the com­mu­nity for all its sup­port.”

De­fense at­tor­ney Janet Jackson ar­gued her client feared for his life after the stun gun was used on him, and said she plans to ap­peal.

“He ac­cepts re­spon­si­bil­ity, but we felt we had a valid self-de­fense ar­gu­ment,” Jackson told the news­pa­per.

He’ll be sen­tenced at a later date.

Clary’s mother has said her son has a long his­tory of men­tal ill­ness and suf­fers from para­noid schizophre­nia after a se­ries of head in­juries.

Clary was found com­pe­tent to stand trial fol­low­ing a men­tal health eval­u­a­tion.

Of­fi­cials have said Kelly may have saved his own life by ap­ply­ing a tourni­quet on his wounded leg be­fore paramedics ar­rived.

Kelly was in a med­i­cally in­duced coma for 12 days and has said he re­tains no mem­ory of the shoot­ing. He was shot through the femoral artery in his leg, twice in the left shoul­der and once in the neck.

Seiple said at a hear­ing be­fore the week-long trial that he re­mem­bers three things as he was fall­ing back­ward dur­ing the fire­fight and get­ting back up.

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